There are a lot of anniversaries for north Staffordshire this year, with the 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic being the biggest.
But, there is another. It is 200 years since the birth of the great Victorian church architect, Augustus Pugin.
He is most famous for the decoration of the Houses of Parliament in London but was also particularly busy in north Staffordshire. He was responsible for Cheadle RC St Giles (‘Pugin’s Gem’ as it’s called), the church at nearby Cotton (at St Wilfrid’s College) – and even had a hand in redesigning the old hall at Alton Towers, and Alton Castle.
No wonder Cheadle is going mad with celebrations! They even have a Pugin Room in the High Street there for the next six months.
But we have our own bit of Pugin work here too. Apparently he was responsible for designing the ‘Annunciation’ window at St Mary’s RC Church in Cresswell Old Road – according to historian Michael Greenslade.